Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Fayetteville, NC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816561

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA Encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 6), Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC, in the Pathology and Laboratory Medical Service (P&LMS;).


Work Schedule:* 3rd Shift- 12:00AM- 8:00AM, rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays*

Position Description/Functional Statement: Medical Technologist GS-0644


The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of blood bank, microbiology, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. The specialty/medical technologist is assigned only to a specific department (i.e. hematology or chemistry) and will rotate with other specialty technologists within the department. Functions also include, but are not limited to, evaluating the suitability of the specimen for analysis; selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols; calibrates, standardizes, adjusts and maintains instruments; evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures; recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them; documents "corrective action logs;" tracks down samples and follows protocol for reordering tests with appropriate documentation; and performing phlebotomy.

Specialized Experience: Is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience for this position is experience which demonstrates knowledge of professional medical technology principles, practices, concepts, and theories; demonstrates knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement; possesses knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair; plans, organizes, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments; performs skill in informatics and processes, and the ability to communicate effectively electronically, orally, and in writing.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support card required
  • ### Qualifications


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education and/or Experience Combination

(1) A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).


completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.


(2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. OR,

(3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

d. Certification. Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below: (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry). (3) Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with paragraph 2d(1) above.

f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

g. English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English


a. Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment.

(2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled.

(3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

(4) Graduate Education. Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.

(2) GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience. Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


(b) Education. Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.

  2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

  3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.

  4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.

  5. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

  6. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

  7. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

  8. Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

(d) Assignment. This is considered the full performance level for nonsupervisory positions. A MT at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional, courteous and effective manner.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Physical Requirements:

The position requires fine motor skills and dexterity necessary for working with medical equipment. There are extensive periods of standing, walking, sitting, bending, lifting, pushing and reaching. Various equipment items and some heavy objects must be moved. Work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this announcement Monday, October 24, 2016

Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. You MUST possess 52 weeks at the GS-07 level to meet time-in-grade restrictions for the GS-09.

All clinically active staff must maintain current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) status through an American Heart Association approved course.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $50,505.00 to $65,652.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452380200

Job Announcement Number: VHA-565-17-CP-1816561-BU